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Free Task Bar Replacement Allows You To Colour Your Buttons

If you use Excel, you may be aware that you can change the colours of the worksheet tabs that appear at the bottom of a workbook screen.  Just right-click on a tab, and choose a colour.  And when you're trying to navigate around a collection of spreadsheets, different colours can certainly help you keep track of things.

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Free Online Service Takes Care Of Your Small Business Needs

If you're starting a small business, or you already run one, you'll need some software to help you keep track of everything.  You'll certainly need something to help with accounts and invoicing, and possibly some sort of CRM (customer relationship management) system to record details of leads, prospects, customers, potential orders, and so on.

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View Your Microsoft Project .MPP Files Online For Free

For almost as long as there's been Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Microsoft has made free viewer apps available so that you can view documents even if you don't have a copy of the application that created them.  Not that this is particularly important nowadays, of course, because there are plenty of free office suites that can open, and indeed edit, native Microsoft Office files.

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PDF to Word Converter Is Free For 2 Days Only

For the next couple of days only, AnyBizSoft is giving away copies of its Windows program to convert PDF files to Word documents.  Just head to to download the software.  Then enter your name and email address in the boxes at the top of the screen.  You'll be sent a free licence code by return.

The program is a 6 MB download, and runs on Windows XP and above.

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Restart/Shutdown your PC Automatically With This Free Utility

Here's a neat utility that allows you to quickly set up a timer job on your Windows PC.  At a given time you can have the PC reboot, log you out, shut down, restart, run a particular program, hibernate, display a message, and so on.  Handy if your machine is currently busy and you want to ensure it shuts down when finished, for example.  

The program is free, it's only a 1 MB download, it works with Windows XP and above, and you can get it from


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Learn or Practice MySQL Online In Safety

One of the most popular ways to create a modern database-driven web site is to store the content in a MySQL database.  You can then retrieve the information, and search the database, using MySQL commands.

If you've read about MySQL but never used it, and you fancy teaching yourself the basics, there are lots of free online resources that you can start with.  But at some point you'll also want access to a working system that you can use to test out your skills and to experiment.

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This $4000 Software Package Is Now Free!

Mach Studio Pro v2 is a 3D production and rendering app for Windows.  Which basically means that, having created your animation and specified where the light is coming from, the program adjusts every frame of your movie to create the desired effects.  OK, it actually does a lot more than that, but you get the basic idea.

Typically, such programs are used in big-budget productions on very powerful computers.  Which is why the software itself is rarely cheap.  Until now.

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Internet Traffic Activity Monitor Gets an Update

If you keep a watch on the "activity" LED on your broadband router or cable modem, you'll notice that your PC seems to be continually sending or receiving data via the internet, even when you're not actively doing anything that might lead to such behaviour.

So what's generating all that traffic?  Viruses?  Spyware?  Someone hacking into your PC?  Or just perfectly legitimate activity by programs that you've installed?

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